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 Did you know you can access (for free) exciting cutting edge research?  

The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE) is an open access, peer reviewed journal publshed by EKU facultyand devoted solely to publishing research and other relevant information related to occupational therapy and occupational science education. You can read the lastest issues here https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession. You can access the journal here:  https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/ojot/.  If you subscribe to OJOT (again, free) they will send you an email to let you know when new issues are published. 

Thank you to Kelley Ware, past secretary of WVOTA. Kelley has decided to step away from the role of secretary in order to bring more occupational balance to her life -- Kelley will be active in transitioning the role to our new incoming secretary. Per our bylaws, when a position is vacated, the board will appoint an interim to fill the position until the next election cycle. The members of the board acknowledge the duties of the secretary have expanded over the years. To that end, two members have been appointed to fill this important position. We are pleased to announce Jacob Greenfield will be serving as Corresponding Secretary and Amy Wix will serve as Social Secretary. We're up to some exciting work at WVOTA -- if you are interested in volunteering or being more involved in small tasks or ready for more leadership in the state, we want to hear from you!

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - West Virginia University occupational therapy students recently developed a device for a 10-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, who has difficulty using his arms and hands. 

The video of him using this got hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes on Twitter.

Eli Holp doesn't let this disability stop him from doing the things he loves. He was born with the disability that limits the use of his hands and arms.

What wonderful music to our ears.  Today the Senate concurred (agreed) with the House amendments to SB 273 Reducing use of certain prescription drugs (Opioid Reduction Bill).  This means that the House amendment that put occupational therapy back into the bill has officially passed both Houses and will become law after the governor signs it. The bill  passed 33-0 with one absence.  We are anxiously awaiting to see the Enrolled version of the bill to appear on the bill tracker system so we can see for ourselves the final version of the bill. 

SB 273 (Opioid Reduction Bill) was not discussed today Friday in the Senate. Saturday March 10 is the last day of the 2018 Session which will end at midnight. We will be monitoring this bill Saturday via Live Streaming.

Regards,

Sarah Black and Mary Hager

SB 273 with Occupational Therapy in it passed the whole House this morning Thursday March 8. Now it moves back to the SENATE. We don't want Occupational Therapy taken out again in the Senate. The vote to pass this bill will probably happen tomorrow Friday March 9 or it will go into a conference committee to iron out the difference between the HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS.

PLAN TO ATTEND IN THE FALL!

The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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